August Night Sky-- click to see larger
© Wil Tirion
Perseid meteors are easily seen with the naked eye.
© Brocken Inaglory
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky tonight and tomorrow..
A waning Gibbous Moon (the phase following a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that you try your luck at catching some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13. At its peak, you can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place away from the lights of civilization.
If your local weather cooperates, the best night for viewing is looking to be Tuesday night— really more early Wednesday morning.
The best viewing hours should be between 11 p.m. and dawn, when the constellation Perseus is above the horizon. Although the meteors appear to come from Perseus, they actually are part of a debris trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which the Earth encounters every August.
To spot meteors, find a dark-sky spot away from street lights. Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky; astronomers recommend looking in whatever direction the sky is darkest for you.
Earthsky.org has a great guide for determining the best time to catch the Perseids in your town.